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Quote for Sunday, Feb 18

Feb 17, 2007 03:38 AM
by Mark Jaqua

Quote for Sunday, Feb 18
   HPB on the subconscious:
  "The fact is that the human brain 
is simply the canal between two planes 
- the psycho-spiritual and the material 
- through which every abstract and metaphysical 
idea filters from the Manasic down to the 
lower human consciousness..... Thus while 
the records of even important events 
are often obliterated from our memory, 
not the most trifling action of our 
lives can disappear from the 'Soul’s' 
memory, because it is no MEMORY for it, 
but an ever present reality on the plane 
which lies outside our conceptions of 
space and time. 'Man is the measure of 
all things,' said Aristotle; and surely 
he did not mean by man, the form of flesh, 
bones and muscles!
   "Of all the deep thinkers Edgard Quinet, 
the author of _La Création,_ expressed 
this idea the best. Speaking of man, 
full of feelings and thoughts of which he 
has either no consciousness at all, or 
which he feels only as dim and hazy 
impressions, he shows that man realizes 
quite a small portion only of his moral 
being. 'The thoughts we think, but are 
unable to define and formulate, once 
repelled, seek refuge in the very root 
of our being.' . . . When chased by the 
persistent efforts of our will 'they 
retreat before it, still further, still 
deeper into - who knows what - fibres, 
but wherein they remain to reign and 
impress us unbidden and unknown 
to ourselves . . .'
    "Yes; they become as imperceptible 
and as unreachable as the vibrations of 
sound and colour when these surpass 
the normal range. Unseen and eluding 
grasp, they yet work, and thus lay 
the foundations of our future actions 
and thoughts, and obtain mastery over 
us, though we may never think of them 
and are often ignorant of their very 
being and presence. Nowhere does Quinet, 
the great student of Nature, seem 
more right in his observations than 
when speaking of the mysteries with 
which we are all surrounded: 'The 
mysteries of neither earth nor heaven 
but those present in the marrow of 
our bones, in our brain cells, our 
nerves and fibres. No need,' he adds, 
'in order to search for the unknown, 
to lose ourselves in the realm of 
the stars, when here, near us and 
_in us,_ rests the unreachable . . . 
As our world is mostly formed of 
imperceptible beings which are the 
real constructors of its continents, 
so likewise is man.'”
       - BCW XI, pp. 451-52
Another quote:
   When the Dalai Lama was asked at 
a Woman's conference what the most important 
advice he could give to people about 
spiritual matters, he said (possibly to 
lighten up things), and after a 
tension-filled pause - "Get nine 
hours of sleep a night!"
       - from a "Satelite Sisters" radio program

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